The 2020 MLS season has come to an end and much like we did in 2019 for Sporting Kansas City, it’s time to look back at how each player performed. Keep in mind the stats look diminished for many players, but just 21 regular season games were played in this COVID shortened season (instead of the typical 34). For the full list of players reviewed, head to our dedicated Year in Review page.
- Week One: Alan Pulido, Johnny Russell, Gerso, Khiry Shelton
- Week Two: Gadi Kinda, Roger Espinoza, Ilie Sanchez, Graham Zusi and Matt Besler
- Week Three: Roberto Puncec, Winston Reid, Luis Martins, Amadou Dia and Jaylin Lindsey
- Week Four: Felipe Hernandez, Gianluca Busio
The Blue Testament continues our look back at 2020 with a player who made his professional debut this season — Cameron Duke.
Games Played (Started): 8 (2)
Minutes Played: 218
xG (expected goals): 0.11
Positions Played: Box-to-Box Midfielder
2019 Salary: $69,250
2020 Salary: Unknown - But likely at or slightly above 2019.
Contract Through (Option Years): 2022 (2023)
Best Moment of 2020
July 30th. Cameron Duke made his pro debut in the 84th minute against the Philadelphia Union during MLS is Back. It’s not captured in the above regular season stats, but it’s a moment every young player will remember. Sure the game was lost at that point, but he got valuable time on the pitch against the eventual Supporter Shield winners.
Worst Moment of 2020
Were there mistakes made by Duke in 2020? Of course. Every young player makes mistakes. But I simply can’t pick a worst moment when an 19-year-old kid get valuable first team minutes when, frankly, I expected him to ride the pine (I need a better expression for those fancy seats they get to sit in). In preseason when Peter Vermes was pointing him out for exceeding expectations I’m not even sure I thought at that point he’d get out there. It’s preseason. He’s going to be with the 2nd team. But he earned first team time, even if it was fairly minimal.
Four. In his regular season debut against Minnesota United, Cameron Duke was one of four Homegrown signings on the field at once (joined by Gianluca Busio, Jaylin Lindsey and Felipe Hernandez). Not only that, but the entire midfield was made up of Homegrowns. In the history of SKC Homegrown signings, that was a record. The minutes will just keep coming for the “kids” which should point to a bright future.
Fan Vote Results
Duke didn’t get a ton of time on the field in his first year, but it still surprises me how cut throat some of our voters are. His deal is guaranteed for two more years so I don’t see him going anywhere. And he fits into that “cheap” Homegrown talent field that doesn’t take up a primary roster spots and doesn’t hit the salary budget. I imagine his development was hampered a bit by an inability to loan fringe first team players to SKC II. Hopefully that’ll happen more in 2021, but it may have to be post vaccination. How cool will it be to see Cameron Duke playing with his older brother, Christian Duke? I look forward to it.